9/24/17

The Top Electric Pressure Cookers - and Which one I Chose to Purchase (Hint: Cosori 7 in 1)


If you just want to cut to the chase and know which pressure cooker I chose to buy (after hours of research) it's this one:





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It was back in 2004 when my husband bought me my first electric pressure cooker.  Now, in 2017 it seems everyone (and their mother, daughter, grandmother, husband, boyfriend and dog) all have one.  Back then?  Not so much.  Grandmothers had the traditional stove top versions and a few young people used them but not one friend, family member or even anyone at any of my 3 children's schools that I spoke with, had or even heard of an electric version.

I was on my own to learn to use it.

And nervous!  I had pictured the old fashioned stove style that you had to be careful adjusting the pressure or the whole thing would blow up.  I posted about that pressure cooker here.  No, it never blew up.  And the safety measures on appliances these days make everything almost stupid-simple because they know people are going to sue if they do.  So I wasn't ever in danger (yet I stood 15 feet away while it was cooking the first couple times just in case!).

Well, years and years later it finally had a couple broken pieces (plastic will dry out and become brittle and break after time) and it did.  I saved the pot as it was an awesome, thick, wonderful pot!  But the rest had to be trashed.  And unfortunately they don't make that brand anymore (it was actually a company in India that made them). I finally decided to replace it and spent hours researching online from various store website reviews like Best Buy and Walmart, official company sites, Amazon, consumer report style sites of various styles and more.

It took me a while, but I decided on one!  But wait...  are you familiar with pressure cooking?  Let me backtrack just for a second.

What is Pressure Cooking?

Pressure cooking is the process of cooking food, using water or other cooking liquid, in a sealed vessel, known as a pressure cooker. As pressure cooking cooks food faster than conventional cooking methods, it saves energy.[1] Pressure is created by boiling a liquid, such as water or broth, inside the closed pressure cooker. The trapped steam increases the internal pressure and allows the temperature to rise. After use, the pressure is slowly released so that the vessel can be opened safely.

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Although so many love the Instant Pot, I noticed about 90% of the reviews for it were for things like making yogurt, oatmeal, beans, eggs and rice.

None of which are what I typically use a pressure cooker for!  No - I want one for main dish meals like chicken and roast and other meats as well as soups, desserts, vegetables, side dishes and yes, quick last minute (baked) potatoes!  I researched many brands and styles; some tended to burn foods on the bottom, others took 3 times as long to heat up than other brands, some you could cook items faster in a pan on the stove.  Still others were used for yogurt or needed for pressure canning (which is nice but I plan to purchase an All American brand pressure canner for that).  
In the end I chose the Cosori 7 in 1 cooker. 



COSORI 7-in-1 Multifunctional Programmable Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker with Stainless Steel Inner Pot, 6 Quart


Product Description from Amazon (where I ordered this exact one):

The COSORI® pressure cooker model number C1156-PC uses 1000-Watts of electrical energy with a durable sealing gasket. The glass lid lets you see what’s cooking at a glance. It also has a hard-plastic top with handle.

The steam pressure increases cooking temperatures inside. Your food is more nutritious and flavorful than the customary way of cooking or baking. You will have no mess and dirty pots using this one-pot method for your stew, soups, meat, and desserts.

You will enjoy the 15 preset programs with the push button LED digital control panel. The handles are cool, and the tempered glass lid will not break.

You will receive a recipe book, measuring cup, spoon, and ladle that comes with the pot along with a stainless steel rimed glass lid and extra sealing ring.measuring cup

Plug the UL certified listed cord into a USA 110/120-Volt, 50/60 Hz outlet. The power is 1000-Watts. Outside the USA you would need to buy an adapter for 220/240-Volts.Best Electric Pressure cooker

The container size is 8.66-inches and the working pressure is 70 kPa. The pressure range for the low level is 30-40 kPa; medium is 50-60 kPa and high is 70-80 kPa.

The dimensions are 18.25-inches in diameter x 13.5-inches tall packed in the box. The diameter of the inner pot is 8.5-inches. The pot weighs 16 pounds.

Gift-wrapping is available for holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. You will receive a User’s Manual and a 1-year Limited Warranty. The COSORI® pressure cooker is made in China.

NOTE:  This unit is not designed for making yogurt. The pressure cooker does not have a home canning mode.




 
COSORI 7-in-1 Multifunctional Programmable Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker with Glass Lid, Extra Sealing Ring and Recipe Book, 6 Quart/1000W









Other electric pressure cookers similar to the one I bought; all available through Amazon (including the Instant Pot, Elite Platinum and Cuisinart);

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer
Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker (Stainless Steel)
T-fal CY505E 12-in-1 Programmable Electric Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker with 25 Built-In Smart Programs / Ceramic Nonstick Cooking Pot and Stainless Steel Housing 1100-Watts, 6-Quart, Silver
Elite Platinum EPC-808 Maxi-Matic 8 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Black (Non-Stick)

  

Don't forget a recipe book!








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